I love my music. I have a subscription to Spotify, which in my opinion is one of the best investments I’ve made this year, and I enjoy their driving, sleeping, waking, and weekend playlists as much as their next fan. Indeed, music is a big part of my life and looking to see whether or not a hotel suite I’m checking into comes with an iPod dock (and complimentary wifi!) is definitely what may make or break my stay there. For the times the hotel isn’t equipped with the latest gadgetry, I bring along my Gear4 Espresso (P1,350) – a small but powerful speaker I got from the cool folks at Digital Walker. It’s super easy to use, and this is my speaker of choice when I head out, using my iPhone to connect to it via Bluetooth, and share my playlist with the rest of the folks there.

This little gizmo is available in five stunning colors that are bold and fun, shaped like a little Espresso cup, and is the perfect accompaniment to any smartphone, tablet, MP3 player, PC, or Mac with Bluetooth. Stream music, videos, or online lectures wirelessly from the device in your hand via Bluetooth and listen to loud, clear, acoustics whether you’re at a hotel, in a coffee shop, by the barbeque, or wrinkling away in the tub.

To be honest, I was half expecting the sound of this little gizmo to be tin-like, even though one of my favorite speakers at home is a Gear 4, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that this dinky little thing could boast of decent sound. But this petite speaker proved me oh so wrong. Unlike many other speakers of its size, the main driver of the Espresso is boosted by an additional passive radiator, ported out of the base to deliver enhanced bass tone giving Espresso a surprisingly rich sound for its size.

The battery life on the Espresso isn’t too bad, either. You can take it everywhere with the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and with up to 4 hours playback, you’ll never miss a beat. The Espresso really is the all-around practical speaker, and also comes with a carabiner handle clip to attach the Espresso to your clothes, your bag, your bike or wherever you want to carry it securely (I like to hang this behind my bathroom door when I take a shower). Clip it on and keep it handy!

The only downside? This little bugger doesn’t come with volume control. So if you turn up the volume on your iPhone or iPad and it still isn’t enough, you’re kind of stuck with it. But then again, when listening to music, that rarely happens. It might trip you up when watching movies on the iPad, though, so I’d recommend you use another speaker for that.

Overall, I’m pretty chuffed with the performance of the pint-sized Gear4 Espresso. I’ve brought it with me to around three out-of-town trips and so far, it hasn’t let me down yet – I’ve also gotten quite a few compliments on this little speaker that could!


The Gear4 Espresso can be found at Digital Walker branches nationwide: Shangri-La Plaza, SM Aura Premier, Eastwood, VMall Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, Abreeza Davao, SM City Cebu, Harbor Point Subic, The District Cavite, Centrio Mall CDO, and 1 Manila.